The Deeper Meaning Behind Kate’s State Banquet Sash
On June 3, the Queen held a state banquet at Buckingham Palace for the official visit of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
And the event marks a first for the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate debuted a new piece of regalia at the dinner.
For the first time, the royal mom of three wore a blue, red, and white sash over her white Alexander McQueen gown.
The sash signifies her appointment as a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO), the highest ranking of chivalry. The honor was gifted to her by the Queen on her 8th wedding anniversary.
At the time, a statement was released by the Palace announcing the news. It reads:
“The Queen has been pleased to make the following appointment to the Royal Victorian Order: To be a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO). HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.”
According to the royal family’s website, an appointment to the Royal Victorian Order is “the personal gift of the Sovereign, this honour is awarded to those who have served The Queen or the monarchy in a particular way.”
Kate also had pinned to her chest the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, a yellow badge given to the female members of the British monarchy.
The Duchess also donned her favorite tiara the Lover’s Knot tiara. Made by Garrard in 1913, it contains diamond arches adorned with drop pearls.
To match her outfit, Kate opted for sapphire and diamond fringe earrings loaned from the Queen Mother’s collection.
The Duchess of Cambridge strolled into the banquet alongsie US Secretary of the Treasure, Steven Mnuchin. Her husband, Prince William, was just meters ahead of them, walking alongside Prime minister Theresa May. Other royals at the lavish event included the Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne.